Photo by Greg Washington

On Tuesday, I’ll be travelling to Mexico for the third time. Each time I’ve been there, it’s been for different reasons. This time around, I’m going with Renew Life for a mini wellness retreat. I’ve always wanted to do one, but could never seem to justify going away to focus on myself. Logically, I knew the advantages of truly unplugging, but I always thought that I could do that at home.

And I can, but sometimes a good dose of vitamin D, a warm salty breeze and structured time to focus on my mind and body is a welcomed disconnect from the grind of city life. Puerto Vallarta is the perfect setting to truly soak in a Renew Life cleanse.

There’s so much to look forward to while I’m away including yoga, meditation, massages and, of course, some much-needed beach time, but it’s what I’ve been doing beforehand that may be even more important. After all, I have to prep my mind and body to make sure it absorbs all the goodness when I’m on this retreat!


Last month I tried out Renew Life’s First Cleanse. It’s a two week program, but unfortunately one week in I came down with a nasty cold and had to put it on hold. You need energy to cleanse properly and I had absolutely none. But it worked out because I was able to pick it up again in time to reap the benefits just before flying out to Mexico.

I think about it like skincare. If you don’t exfoliate your skin regularly, you won’t absorb your moisturizer optimally. It’ll just sit on top of the surface until wiping away as you go about your day. If I didn’t restructure my diet (not dramatically, but healthily) and take these capsules, unplugging in Mexico would be a much more superficial endeavor.


The Renew Life First Cleanse is a gentle cleanse that sets itself apart from other products by focusing on seven channels of elimination: the liver, lungs, colon, kidneys, blood, skin, and lymphatic system. Yet it still needs additional support. For most, that comes in the form of fibre supplements. Although I was originally putting this in my morning green smoothie, someone just gave me a tip to mix it with apple sauce. SO MUCH BETTER.


You should already be taking probiotics regularly, switching to something like BoulardiiMax is especially great preparing the body for travelling. It helps strengthen immunity, general intestinal health as well as digestion and nutrient absorption while minimizing diarrhea and infections. Maybe Charlotte would’ve eaten more than chocolate pudding if she’d been taking this before her Mexico trip.


Perhaps the most important thing I’ve been doing is mentally preparing for the trip. This winter has been taking it’s toll and a tropical trip couldn’t have come any sooner. But in order to really benefit from it, I have to consciously disconnect and be in the moment. It helps that I’ve been exercising regularly, eating healthy for the most part and already embracing a better relationship with my technology.

Stay tuned for a recap of my trip and a list of ways you can create your own wellness retreat at home.